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Kwame Brown gets cash infusion from heavy hitters

Mike DeBonis

A group of the city's most prodigious political fundraisers gathered yesterday evening to give At-Large Council member Kwame R. Brown (D) a head start on his run for the Council chairmanship.

Developers Herb Miller of Western Development Corp., Deborah Ratner Salzburg of Forest City Washington, Bill Alsup of Hines, and Tom Wilbur of Akridge headlined the host committee for the Georgia Brown's event, along with restaurant mogul Paul Cohn and power lawyers Andrew J. Klein, Whayne Quin, and John Epting.

Miller introduced Brown as guests munched on catfish fingers, deviled eggs, and mini crabcakes---and while brother Che Brown collected checks, up to $1,500 a pop.

"I believe in him. We all believe in him," said Miller, who built much of modern Georgetown and has long enjoyed friendly relations with local politicos.

Brown, in brief remarks, vowed to run "an aggressive campaign" and, if elected, to create "an economic environment that's friendly, an economic environment that gets things done."

He praised the deep-pocketed supporters for offering up seed money to hire staff, connect phones, and otherwise get his campaign off the ground.

"You are what I consider early supporters," Brown told them. "From the bottom of my heart, I will remember every single one of you. My doors are always open."

Brown also noted the overwhelming support he's garnered from his council colleagues. Fellow at-largers Michael A. Brown (I) and David A. Catania (I) dropped by to offer support, and Brown was happy to rattle off the names of six other members who have endorsed him.

That included, in a mildly surprising disclosure, Ward 2 colleague Jack Evans, chair of the finance and revenue committee -- surprising, because Evans had been close to Brown's opponent, former Ward 5 member Vincent B. Orange, during their time together on the council.

Reached this morning, Evans confirmed the endorsement but declined to discuss his reasons. He said of Orange, "I've served on the council with him many years. I think he's a good guy."

Perhaps Brown has committed to keeping him in his powerful post as chair of the finance and revenue committee?

"I haven't really delved into any of that," Evans said.

By Mike DeBonis  |  May 19, 2010; 9:56 AM ET
Categories:  2010 District Election , Campaign Finance , D.C. Council , Kwame Brown , Mike DeBonis  | Tags: 2010 election, Jack Evans, Kwame Brown, campaign finance  
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Comments

Kwame, through his Chairmanship of the Committee on Economic Development, is someone who can balance development interests with interests of the community. You got my vote Kwame.

Debonis - glad to see you as newest addition to the Post.

Posted by: 1tenforall | May 19, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Thank god DC kept Kwame R. Brown and got rid of basketball player Kwame A. Brown! Seriously though, Kwame Brown is a fine choice.

Orange is also a good man, but he waited too long to declare his intentions. Now he's got a late start against one of DC's most prolific and successful campaigners.

Posted by: nwrepresent1 | May 19, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Kwame Brown gets my vote.

Posted by: fivetogo | May 19, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

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